It would be funny if it weren’t so sad

John Gray’s piece in the New Statesman is prefaced with an image of Isaac Newton demonstrating the diffraction of daylight to an awestruck colleague. This image, and a similar one showing Newton projecting diffracted white light onto the backrest of an armchair, have become popular memes under the general title Sir Isaac Newton Invents Homosexuality.

The Russian take on it is more specific: Isaac Newton Develops Homosexuality in Order to Irradiate Russians with It. It has to do with the 2013 law banning “gay propaganda” directed at minors and the anti-LGBT thrust of Putinist propaganda in the run-up to the fake referendum this past July. There’s an even better one at this link: Bill Gates Beams Homosexuality from a Satellite onto Residents of the Moscow Region.

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